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No. 9 of 2009 Orders/Marine as amended, taking into account amendments up to Marine Orders Part 15 Amendment 2011 (No. 1)
Administered by: Infrastructure and Regional Development
Registered 10 Jan 2012
Start Date 01 Jan 2012
End Date 01 Jul 2014
Date of repeal 01 Jul 2014
Repealed by Marine Order 15 (Construction — fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction) 2014

Marine Orders Part 15, issue 5 (Construction — Fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction)

This compilation was prepared on 9 January 2012 taking into account amendments up to Marine Orders Part 15 Amendment 2011 (No. 1)

Prepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting, Australian Maritime Safety Authority


1A         Name of Order............................................................................................... 3

1           Purpose and power........................................................................................ 3

2           Definitions..................................................................................................... 3

3           Interpretation.................................................................................................. 4

4           Application.................................................................................................... 4

5           Exemptions................................................................................................... 4

6           Equivalents.................................................................................................... 5

7           Requirements................................................................................................. 6

Schedule 1   Breathing apparatus........................................................................... 7

Schedule 2   Fire extinguishers................................................................................ 9

Schedule 3   Miscellaneous additional requirements and interpretations.. 14

 


  

  

1A       Name of Order

                 This Order is Marine Order 15, issue 5.

1          Purpose and power

1.1       Purpose

                 This Order gives effect to Chapter II-2 of SOLAS and prescribes standards to be met concerning fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction for SOLAS ships and non-SOLAS ships.

1.2       Power

    1.2.1     Section 191 of the Navigation Act provides for regulations to make provision for or in relation to giving effect to SOLAS.  Paragraph 215 (1) (b) of that Act provides that the regulations may make provision for or in relation to the prevention, detection and extinction of fire on ships.

    1.2.2     Subsection 425(1) of the Navigation Act provides for regulations to be made prescribing matters required or permitted to be prescribed or which are necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to the Act.

    1.2.3     Subsection 425(1AA) of the Navigation Act provides that AMSA may make orders with respect to any matter for or in relation to which provision may be made by regulation.

Note   For the text of Chapter II-2 of SOLAS as at 1 January 2012, see the SOLAS Consolidated Edition 2009, published by the IMO, as amended by IMO Resolutions MSC.201(81), MSC.216 (82) (Annex 3), MSC.256 (84), MSC.269 (85) and MSC.291 (87).  IMO Resolution MSC.308 (88) amends Chapter II-2 of SOLAS on 1 July 2012.

2          Definitions

                 In this Order:

Fire Safety Systems Code (or FSS Code) means the International Code on Fire Safety Systems as adopted by IMO Resolution MSC.98 (73), as amended by IMO Resolutions MSC.206 (81), MSC.217 (82), MSC.292 (87) and MSC.311 (88).

Note   IMO Resolution MSC.311 (88) amends the FSS Code on 1 July 2012.

SOLAS ship means:

(a)   a ship to which SOLAS applies as set out in Regulations 1 and 3 of Chapter I of SOLAS; or

(b)   an Australian registered ship to which SOLAS would apply if that ship were to undertake an international voyage as defined in the Navigation Act.

surveyor means:

(a)   a person appointed to be a surveyor under section 190 of the Navigation Act; or

(b)   a person employed as a surveyor by a survey authority.

Note 1   Information on obtaining copies of IMO resolutions and documents referred to in this Order is available from AMSA on AMSA’s website: www.amsa.gov.au; or via e-mail: international.relations@amsa.gov.au.

Note 2   Some expressions used in this Order are defined in Marine Order 1 (Administration), including:

·         AMSA

·         IMO

·         Manager, Ship Inspection and Registration

·         Navigation Act

·         SOLAS

·         USL Code.

3          Interpretation

       3.1     In this Order, a reference to the date on which a ship was constructed means the date on which not less than 50 tonnes or one per cent of the proposed total mass of the structural material of the ship, whichever is the less, has been assembled.

       3.2     A reference in Chapter II-2 of SOLAS to the Administration is to be read, in relation to an Australian registered ship, as a reference to the Manager, Ship Inspection and Registration.

4          Application

       4.1     This Order applies to and in relation to:

(a)   a ship registered in Australia; and

(b)   a ship registered in a country other than Australia, that is in the territorial sea of Australia or in waters on the landward side of the territorial sea.

       4.2     This Order does not apply to a ship that is a Safety Convention ship registered in a country other than Australia, except to the extent that the ship fails to comply with Chapter II-2 of SOLAS.

Note   For Safety Convention ship, see s187A of the Navigation Act.

5          Exemptions

            Application

       5.1     A person may apply, in accordance with the application process set out in Marine Order 1 (Administration) for an exemption of a ship from a requirement of this Order.

            Decision maker

       5.2     The decision maker for the application is the Manager, Ship Inspection and Registration.

            Decision-making criteria

       5.3     The Manager, Ship Inspection and Registration may give an exemption only if he or she is satisfied that:

(a)   compliance with the requirement would be unnecessary or unreasonable having regard to the ship, its equipment and its intended voyage; and

(b)   giving the exemption would not contravene SOLAS.

Note   Marine Order 1 (Administration) deals with the following matters about exemptions:

·         making an application

·         seeking further information about an application

·         the time allowed for consideration of an application

·         imposing conditions on approval of an application

·         notification of a decision on an application

·         review of decisions.

6          Equivalents

            Application

       6.1     A person may apply, in accordance with the application process set out in Marine Order 1 (Administration) for approval to use an equivalent.

Note   For definitions of equivalent and use, see provision 6.4.

            Decision maker

       6.2     The decision maker for the application is the Manager, Ship Inspection and Registration.

            Decision-making criteria

       6.3     The Manager, Ship Inspection and Registration may approve use of an equivalent only if he or she is satisfied that:

(a)   use of the equivalent would be at least as effective as compliance with the requirement to which the equivalent is an alternative; and

(b)   approving use of the equivalent would not contravene SOLAS.

            Meaning of equivalent and use

       6.4     For this provision:

equivalent means:

(a)   a fitting, material, appliance or apparatus that could be fitted or carried in a ship as an alternative to a fitting, material, appliance or apparatus that a provision of this Order requires to be fitted or carried in the ship; or

(b)   an arrangement that could be made, or a procedure that could be followed, in or for a ship as an alternative to a requirement of this Order.

use, of an equivalent, includes:

(a)   fitting or carrying the equivalent in or on a ship; and

(b)   making an alternative arrangement or following an alternative procedure.

Note   Marine Order 1 (Administration) deals with the following matters about equivalents:

·         making an application

·         seeking further information about an application

·         the time allowed for consideration of an application

·         imposing conditions on approval of an application

·         notification of a decision on an application

·         review of decisions.

7          Requirements

7.1       SOLAS ships

    7.1.1     A SOLAS ship must:

(a)   meet the standards for fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction mentioned in Chapter II-2 of SOLAS; and

(b)   if registered in Australia — comply with Schedules 1 to 3.

Note   Some provisions of Chapter II-2 of SOLAS apply to:

(a)     particular kinds of ships; or

(b)     ships constructed before, or on or after, a particular time.

    7.1.2     If a ship is surveyed and certificated under:

(a)   the 1979 MODU Code or the 1989 MODU Code, in accordance with Marine Orders Part 47; or

(b)   the DSC Code, the 1994 HSC Code or the 2000 HSC Code, in accordance with Marine Orders Part 49;

                 it is to meet the standards specified in the relevant code rather than those in Chapter II‑2 of SOLAS.

7.2       Non‑SOLAS ships

                 A ship that is not a SOLAS ship must comply with the relevant standards for fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction set out in the USL Code.

Note   USL Code (2008), which replaces USL Code Section 11 (Fire Appliances) with NSCV Part C Section 4 (Fire Safety), came into operation on 1 October 2008. Therefore, a ship constructed on or after 1 October 2008 is to comply with NSCV Part C Section 4 while a ship constructed before 1 October 2008 is to comply with the  pre-2008 USL Code, unless the ship is upgraded in service or is subject to initial survey.

7.3       Additional requirements

                 The Manager, Ship Inspection and Registration, may, if satisfied in respect of an Australian registered ship or class of ships that the standards specified in SOLAS, the USL Code or Schedules 1 to 3 do not provide for an adequate level of safety, require the ship or class of ships to comply with such additional requirements that that officer determines.


Schedule 1    Breathing apparatus

(provision 7)

        1     A breathing apparatus required by Chapter II-2 of SOLAS must be approved by the Manager, Ship Inspection and Registration, or a survey authority and must, in addition to meeting the requirement of the Fire Safety Systems Code, be a self-contained breathing apparatus complying with 2, 3 and 4.

        2     A self contained breathing apparatus must:

(a)   be of the compressed air open circuit type; and

(b)   be designed, tested and maintained to the requirements of:

             (i)  AS/NZS 1715 (Selection, use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment) and AS/NZS 1716 (Respiratory protective devices); or

            (ii)  any other equivalent international standards; and

(c)   meet the requirements mentioned in 2.1 to 2.4 of this Schedule.

     2.1     A manually operated bypass valve must be fitted.

     2.2     The storage capacity of the air cylinder or cylinders attached to the apparatus must be at least 1,200 litres of free air measured at a temperature of 16°C and at atmospheric pressure.

     2.3     The pressure gauge must be clearly marked to indicate:

(a)   when the cylinder capacity has been reduced by 80 per cent of its effective life; and

(b)   when the cylinder is full.

     2.4     For the purposes of a test procedure using human volunteers required by AS/NZS 1716, the number of test persons is to be 10 unless otherwise specified by the Manager, Ship Inspection and Registration.

        3     A self-contained breathing apparatus must be provided with fully charged spare cylinders having a spare storage capacity of at least 2,400 litres of free air except that:

(a)   if the ship is carrying 5 or more of those apparatuses, the total spare storage capacity of free air need not exceed 9,600 litres; or

(b)   if the ship is equipped with a means acceptable to the Manager, Ship Inspection and Registration, for re‑charging the air cylinder to full pressure with air, free from contamination, the spare storage capacity of the fully charged spare cylinders of each of those apparatuses must be of at least 1,200 litres of free air, and the total spare storage capacity of free air provided in the ship need not exceed 4,800 litres.

Note for paragraph (b)   An acceptable means may be a high pressure tank capable of storing sufficient clean air to enable the bottles to be quickly recharged, giving effectively the same use time as if each BA set had spare bottles with a capacity of 2,400 litres of free air, or a compressor capable of refilling bottles with clean air in less time than normally taken to expend the air, the compressor being driven by the emergency power source or a suitable independent power source.

        4     In 4.1 and 4.2, breathing apparatus means a self-contained breathing apparatus.

     4.1     A breathing apparatus must be constructed of materials having adequate mechanical strength, durability and resistance to deterioration by heat or by contact with sea water and those materials must be resistant to fire and must not allow the breathing circuit to be penetrated by smoke or chemical fumes likely to be encountered in service. The fabric used in the construction of any harness provided with that apparatus must be resistant to shrinkage. Exposed metal parts of the apparatus, harness and fittings must be of materials so far as practicable resistant to frictional sparking.

     4.2     The following equipment must be provided for use with each breathing apparatus:

(a)   a fire-proof life-and-signalling line with snap hook, at least 3 metres longer than is required to reach from the open deck in clean air well clear of a hatch or doorway to any part of the accommodation, service, cargo, or machinery spaces, but not less than 30 metres in length, the line being made of copper or corrosion resistant steel wire rope having a breaking strength of at least 5 kN and being overlaid at least 10 millimetres in diameter by hemp or other covering to provide a surface that can be firmly gripped when wet;

(b)   where provision is not made on the breathing apparatus harness for attaching the life-line, an adjustable safety belt or harness to which that line must be capable of being securely attached and detached by the wearer;

(c)   operating instructions in clear and permanent lettering on a plate for attachment to the apparatus or for display in clearly visible position near the apparatus stowage position;

(d)   plates of suitable material, that is not readily combustible, bearing the code of signals in the following table to be used between the wearer and his or her attendant, one of which must be attached to the harness and another attached to the free end of the life‑and‑signalling line.

Signal

Meaning

By wearer of breathing apparatus

        2 PULLS

        3 PULLS

 

SLACK OFF LIFELINE

HELP ME OUT IMMEDIATELY

To wearer of breathing apparatus

        3 PULLS

 

COME OUT IMMEDIATELY

Schedule 2    Fire extinguishers

(provision 7)

1          Non-portable foam fire extinguishers

     1.1     In 1.2 to 1.11, extinguisher means a foam fire extinguisher other than a portable fire extinguisher.

     1.2     An extinguisher must be constructed of suitable materials and must be of an efficient design and of sufficient strength to safely withstand the maximum internal pressure to which it may be subjected and must be capable of withstanding a test by hydraulic pressure suitably in excess of the maximum working pressure. For the purpose of this Schedule, maximum working pressure is the equilibrium pressure that develops within the body at 70°C when the correctly charged extinguisher has been operated with all outlets closed.

     1.3     Where an extinguisher is provided with a gas cylinder as the means for expelling the extinguishing medium, that gas cylinder must be constructed in accordance with the Australian Gas Cylinders Code AS2030 or other standard acceptable to the Manager, Ship Inspection and Registration.

     1.4     An extinguisher must be provided with a nozzle and a reinforced discharge hose constructed to withstand 4 times the maximum working pressure specified in 1.2.

     1.5     Where an extinguisher is provided with an inner container, that container must be adequately supported.

     1.6     Any necessary openings in an extinguisher body must be fitted with caps or covers so designed that any pressure remaining in the container may be released gradually before the cap or cover can be removed completely.

     1.7     Every part of an extinguisher must, where necessary, be protected against corrosion.

     1.8     An extinguisher must be provided with a controllable device to enable the discharge to be interrupted.

     1.9     An extinguisher actuating mechanism must be protected so that it is safeguarded against inadvertent operation.

   1.10     A fully charged extinguisher must, when operated under normal conditions, be capable of projecting foam a distance of 14 metres for a period of not less than 90 seconds in the case of an extinguisher of 135 litres capacity or over, and a distance of 10 metres for a period of not less than 60 seconds in the case of an extinguisher of 45 litres or over but under 135 litres capacity.

   1.11     The outside of an extinguisher body must be clearly marked with:

(a)   a mark showing the level of the liquid when the extinguisher is filled to its working capacity; and

(b)   a statement setting out all of the following:

             (i)  the name of the maker or vendor of the extinguisher;

            (ii)  the capacity of the extinguisher;

           (iii)  the pressure under which the extinguisher was tested;

           (iv)  the instructions for operating the extinguisher;

            (v)  the year in which the extinguisher was manufactured; and

(c)   a colour code in accordance with AS 1841, or another standard acceptable to the Manager, Ship Inspection and Registration, indicating the extinguishing medium.

2          Non-portable carbon dioxide fire extinguishers

     2.1     In 2.2 to 2.6, extinguisher means a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher other than a portable fire extinguisher.

     2.2     An extinguisher must be provided with a cylinder constructed in accordance with the Australian Gas Cylinder Code AS2030 or other standard acceptable to the Manager, Ship Inspection and Registration. The cylinder must be provided with an internal discharge tube and a valve to release the gas.

     2.3     An extinguisher must be provided with a discharge hose reinforced so as to withstand a pressure of 12.2 megapascals when the necessary couplings are fitted.  The bore of the discharge hose must be not less than the size specified in Table 1 in relation to the capacity of the extinguisher.

                                Table 1

Capacity of extinguisher

Minimum bore of discharge hose

16 kilograms

10 millimetres

45 kilograms

12 millimetres

     2.4     The discharge hose of an extinguisher must be provided with a horn of electrically non-conducting material and of a design that will reduce the velocity of the gas discharged. The metal part of the operating handle must be suitably sheathed to protect the hands of the operator from extreme cold.

     2.5     At a temperature between 15°C and 18°C inclusive, an extinguisher must discharge gas at such a rate that carbon dioxide equal in weight to three quarters of the capacity of the container will be discharged in the periods respectively set out in Table 2.

                                Table 2

Capacity of extinguisher

Period

16 kilograms

30 to 45 seconds

45 kilograms

60 to 90 seconds

     2.6     The outside of an extinguisher body must be clearly and permanently marked with a statement setting out all of the following:

(a)   the name of the maker or vendor of the extinguisher;

(b)   instructions for operating the extinguisher;

(c)   the mass of the extinguisher when empty and the mass when filled to its working capacity;

(d)   the year in which the extinguisher was manufactured;

(e)   the standard to which the extinguisher is constructed;

(f)    a colour code in accordance with Australian Standard AS 1841, or another standard acceptable to the Manager, Ship Inspection and Registration, indicating the extinguishing medium.

     2.7     Every part of an extinguisher must, where necessary, be protected against corrosion.

     2.8     An extinguisher must be provided with a controllable device to enable the discharge to be interrupted.

     2.9     An extinguisher actuating mechanism must be protected so that it is safeguarded against inadvertent operation.

3          Non‑portable dry powder fire extinguishers

     3.1     In 3.2 to 3.11, extinguisher means a dry powder fire extinguisher other than a portable fire extinguisher.

     3.2     An extinguisher must be of the kind in which a mixture of dry powder and an expellant is stored under pressure.

     3.3     An extinguisher must be constructed of suitable materials and must be of an efficient design and of sufficient strength to safely withstand the maximum internal pressure to which it may be subjected and must be capable of withstanding a test by hydraulic pressure suitably in excess of the maximum working pressure.  For the purpose of this Schedule, the maximum working pressure is the pressure within the body at 70°C when the extinguisher is correctly charged.

     3.4     An extinguisher must be provided with a nozzle and a reinforced discharge hose constructed to withstand four times the maximum working pressure specified in 3.3.

     3.5     Any necessary openings in an extinguisher body must be fitted with caps or covers so designed that any pressure remaining in the container may be released gradually before the cap or cover can be removed completely.

     3.6     Every part of an extinguisher must, where necessary, be protected against corrosion.

     3.7     An extinguisher must be effectively sealed to prevent the ingress of moisture, but those sealing arrangements must not interfere with the discharge of the extinguisher.

     3.8     An extinguisher must be provided with a controllable device to enable the discharge to be interrupted.

     3.9     An extinguisher actuating mechanism must be protected so that it is safeguarded against inadvertent operation.

   3.10     A fully charged extinguisher must, when operated under normal conditions, be capable of discharging not less than 85 per cent of the mass of dry powder charge. The discharge rate must be not less than 1 kilogram per second.

   3.11     The outside of an extinguisher body must be clearly and permanently marked with a statement setting out all of the following:

(a)   the name of the maker or vendor to the extinguisher;

(b)   the capacity of the extinguisher;

(c)   the pressure to which the extinguisher was tested;

(d)   instructions for operating the extinguisher;

(e)   the year in which the extinguisher was manufactured;

(f)    a colour code in accordance with Australian Standard AS 1841, or another standard acceptable to the Manager, Ship Inspection and Registration, indicating the extinguishing medium.

4          Portable fire extinguishers

     4.1     Portable fire extinguishers provided for use in a ship must so far as practicable have a uniform method of operation.  When a ship is to be provided with a replacement or an additional extinguisher, the extinguisher must have a method of operation similar to the extinguishers already on aboard and, if practicable, must be of the same manufacture.

     4.2     Portable fire extinguishers must:

(a)   be designed, manufactured, tested and marked in accordance with the relevant Australian Standard, and must be entitled to bear and must so bear the registered certification of the Standards Association of Australia; or

(b)   be acceptable to the Manager, Ship Inspection and Registration.

     4.3     Where portable dry powder fire extinguishers are provided in accommodation and service spaces or in machinery spaces, they should be of the type in which a mixture of dry powder and the expellant is stored under pressure and their number must not exceed one half of the total number of extinguishers provided in either of those spaces.

     4.4     A spare charge must be provided for every portable fire extinguisher provided in compliance with this Order.  However, for each of those fire extinguishers that is of a type that cannot be recharged while the ship is at sea, an additional portable fire extinguisher of the same type, or its equivalent, must be provided in place of a spare charge.  Such additional fire extinguishers must be kept in an easily accessible storeroom, not likely to be cut off in the event of a fire, until such time as replacement is necessary.  While a portable fire extinguisher provided in excess of the provisions of this Order will not require a spare charge or spare extinguisher, that additional extinguisher must be maintained in a condition similar to that required for a portable fire extinguisher that is required by this Order.

     4.5     Subject to 4.6, a portable fire extinguisher must be serviced, inspected, pressure tested, recharged and maintained in accordance with Australian Standard AS 1851.

     4.6     A portable fire extinguisher on a ship is not required to comply with clause 15.2.1 of Australian Standard AS 1851 unless a surveyor determines that a ship is required to comply with that clause.

Note 1   Clause 15.2.1 of Australian Standard AS 1851 provides that extinguishers that are not located in aggressive environments are to follow the inspection, test and preventive maintenance schedules set out in clause 15.4 of that Standard every 5 years.

Note 2   IMO Circular MSC/Circ.850 sets out guidelines for the maintenance and inspection of fire protection systems and appliances.

     4.7     Extinguishers must be located in conspicuous, accessible positions and be well distributed, taking into account positions of greater fire hazard within any one space.  They must be located within the space they are intended to service, one extinguisher being near an entrance to the space.  Where, by virtue of the size of the space, its position relative to other spaces, its configuration or the layout of equipment within it, a surveyor considers that a fire may best be fought from a position outside the space, the surveyor may permit one of the extinguishers for the space to be located outside the space and near an entrance to the space.

  4.8.1     In a passenger ship there must be at least 2 portable fire extinguishers readily available for use on each deck within each main vertical zone.  They must be distributed as uniformly as possible and so that no extinguisher is more than 20 metres walking distance from another extinguisher in that zone.

  4.8.2     In a cargo ship there must be a sufficient number of portable fire extinguishers to ensure that at least one will be readily available for use in any block of accommodation not exceeding 23 metres in length on one deck, and in every service space and control space.

  4.8.3     In addition to those required by 4.8.1 and 4.8.2, there must, in every galley of less than 15 m2, be one portable fire extinguisher and, in every galley of 15 m2 or more, be 2 portable fire extinguishers.  There must also be a fire blanket stowed in a galley within close proximity to any stove on which oil may be heated for cooking purposes, provided that a surveyor may permit the blanket to be stowed outside a small galley.

Schedule 3    Miscellaneous additional requirements and interpretations

(provision 7)

1          Additional requirements

1.1       Pressure testing of gas cylinders and bulk containers

  1.1.1     A gas cylinder must be inspected, serviced and tested (as appropriate) at a test station accredited for Australian Standard AS 2337 if the gas cylinder:

(a)   has been discharged; or

(b)   shows a loss of contents; or

(c)   has evidence of deleterious corrosion or other physical defects; or

(d)   subject to 1.1.2, is due for the cylinder’s periodical inspection and test in accordance with Australian Standard AS 2030.

  1.1.2     Despite the test period mentioned in Australian Standard AS 2030, a pressure test of a gas cylinder is to be performed in accordance with the following:

(a)   subject to paragraph (b), on the 10th anniversary of the cylinder’s initial test after manufacture (the cylinder’s initial test);

(b)   if, on the 10th anniversary of the cylinder’s initial test, an external examination of the cylinder reveals that the cylinder has no unacceptable defects, the pressure test period may be extended until the 20th anniversary of the cylinder’s initial test;

(c)   on the 20th anniversary of the cylinder’s initial test;

(e)   every 5 years after the 20th anniversary of the cylinder’s initial test.

  1.1.3     Bulk CO2 cylinders are to be internally examined at intervals of 12 years from the date of manufacture.  Hydrostatic pressure testing should be carried out after alterations and repairs, or if considered necessary by a surveyor.

1.2       Requirements related or additional to those in Chapter II-2 of SOLAS

                          In Table 1, the requirements in column 2 are to be read with, and where appropriate as additional to, the requirements set out in the relevant Regulation of Chapter II-2 of SOLAS.

                      Table 1

Regulation

Requirement

4.2.1.3

Oil fuel with a flashpoint of not less than 43°C may be used in motor lifeboat engines as well as in emergency generators.

A rescue boat may be fitted with a petrol-driven outboard with an approved fuel system provided the fuel tanks are specially protected against fire and explosion.

7.3.2

When carrying out a survey of the equipment of a ship in compliance with Marine Orders, Part 31, 20 percent of the total number of detector must be tested by means of equipment producing hot air at the appropriate temperature, or smoke or aerosol particles having the appropriate range of density or particle size, or other phenomena associated with incipient fires to which the detector is designed to respond, and all detectors must be so tested in a period not exceeding 5 years. All detectors must be of such type that they can be tested for correct operation and restored to normal surveillance without the renewal of a component.

10.2.1.6

The maximum pressure at a hydrant must not exceed 0.65 N/mm2.

10.2.3.3

Spray Nozzle must produce a spray that will not disturb a film of oil on water.

10.2.3.3

Nozzles for deck hoses on tankers and ships with similar fire hazards must not be aluminium alloy.

10.3.2.1

Ships between 500 and 1000 gross tonnage must carry at least five portable fire extinguishers. Ships less than 500 gross tonnage must carry such number of portable fire extinguishers as is determined by the Manager, Ship Inspection and Registration.

10.5.1.2.2

A 45 kg CO2 fire extinguisher is specified as equivalent to a 135 litres foam extinguisher.

FSS Code Chapter 7 2.1.1.5; Chapter 8 2.2.1 & 2.2.2

When a pump is driven by independent internal combustion machinery, in addition to it having to be so situated that the fire in the protected space will not effect the air supply to the machinery:

·      the fuel supply must be independent of the protected space; and

·      the fuel supply must be sufficient for 36 hours operation in the case of a passenger ship and 18 hours in the case of a cargo ship.

10.2.1.7 and FSS Code Chapter 2

Facilities must be available enabling an international shore connection to be used on either side of the ship. Where the fire main and hydrants of a ship are located on one side only, a branch main terminating in a hydrant must be fitted to provide a connection point on the opposite side of the ship.

The international shore connection must be stowed in a readily accessible position on the open deck and remote from spaces that could be considered fire risks. The stowage arrangements must be such that the effects of a sea environment will not restrict ready use of the international shore connection.

10.2.1.2.1.3

Where the Manager, Ship Inspection and Registration has determined that a passenger ship may be fitted with a periodically unattended machinery space, a fixed pressure water spraying fire‑extinguishing system must be fitted in that space.

10.2.3.2.1

The diameter of a fire hose must not be less than 38 mm. The number of hoses is to be as specified in Regulation 10/2.3 of Chapter II-2 of SOLAS, unless the Manager, Ship Inspection and Registration increases the number to meet a special need.

10.2.3.2.3.2

The number of hoses required by this regulation must not include any hoses required in an engine or boiler room.

20.6.2.1

See 4 of Appendix 2

1.3       Requirements for electrical cables in addition to Chapter II-2 of SOLAS

  1.3.1     Electric cables must be of a flame-retardant type acceptable to the Manager, Ship Inspection and Registration or a survey authority, as appropriate, and tested in accordance with Australian Standard AS/NZS 1660.5.6:2005.  When tested:

(a)   any molten particles that drop must not ignite the tissue paper underlay; and

(b)   burning must cease within 5 seconds of the flame being removed; and

(c)   the distance between the top point of the scorched area and the underside of the upper clamp must be at least 250 mm.

  1.3.2     In some applications, a fire-resistant electric cable is required.  This is a cable that, when subjected to a continuous fire of 3 hours duration, is capable of normal operation during and after that period.  The procedures to be followed for determining that an electric cable is fire‑resistant are those set out in the relevant standard of International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).


Notes to the Marine Orders Part 15, issue 5

Note 1

Marine Orders Part 15, issue 5 (in force under the Navigation Act 1912) as shown in this compilation comprise Marine Orders Part 15, issue 5 amended as indicated in the following tables.

Table of Orders

Year and number

Registration date

FRLI number

Commencement date

Application, saving or transitional provisions

Marine Orders Part 15, issue 5 (MO 2009/9)

20 November 2009

F2009L04161

1 January 2010

Marine Orders Part 15 Amendment 2011 (No. 1) (2011/12)

15 December 2011

F2011L02700

1 January 2012

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Table of amendments

ad. = added or inserted      am. = amended      rep. = repealed      rs. = repealed and substituted

Provision affected

How affected

1A..........................................

ad. 2011/12

1............................................

am. 2011/12

2............................................

am. 2011/12

3............................................

am. 2011/12

4............................................

am. 2011/12

5............................................

rs. 2011/12

6............................................

rs. 2011/12

7............................................

am. 2011/12

Schedule 1..........................

am. 2011/12

Schedule 2..........................

am. 2011/12

Schedule 3..........................

am. 2011/12